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Haddad Talks WHCA Dinner Partying, Issues Challenge to Ana Marie Cox, on the “Menu”

whc_5-4.pngToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu we’re joined by Tammy Haddad of Haddad Media.

Haddad just launched a new Website, WHCInsider.com, that keeps track of all the events surrounding the upcoming White House Correspondents Association dinner, as well as the White House press corps in general.

“We thought we’d shine a little spotlight on it, because the White House correspondents association, the sponsor of the event…they don’t want to do anything to promote themselves,” said Haddad of the reason behind the launch. “They don’t want to look like they’re making money off covering the President off covering the United States.”

Once the WHCA dinner ends after this weekend, Haddad says the Website will continue its focus on the correspondents themselves. “When we started talking about the site, it was all about the weekend,” she said. “What we found is this great big wide open space that’s uncovered.”

So how does she think the press corps are doing during Pres. Obama’s first 100 days? “I think they’re doing a terrific job in explaining why the decisions are made,” Haddad said.

Also discussed: how the economic situation is affecting the WHCA dinner and events (hint: not much), her “challenge” to White House press corps doubter Ana Marie Cox and her role in the new Newsweek.com.

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TVNewsers Attend Gridiron Dinner

gibson_3-23b.jpgWhile the President was not in attendance, there were still plenty of politicians and journalists at the annual Gridiron Dinner in Washington, D.C. this weekend.

One tvnewser who graced the Gridiron stage was NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who appeared “in a bear costume introducing a number that lampoons her husband, former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, to the tune of ‘What I Did for Love’ from ‘A Chorus Line.’”

Another was CBS’ Bob Schieffer, who “donned a Stetson to play George W. Bush.” “He’s in the White House now — not my problem now,” he sang to the tune of “In the Jailhouse Now.”

FishbowlDC has more highlights from the event, including some shots by VP Biden at President Obama.

(image of ABC Charlie Gibson and Tammy Haddad by Dominic Bracco II — The Washington Post)

Twitter Debate, With An Eye To The Future By All, at the Summit

summit_3-10.jpgThe first panel at the TVNewser Summit was slated to have some fireworks, and it didn’t disappoint. Tammy Haddad moderated the group, and engaged the audience.

The overriding focus was Twitter. BBC’s Rome Hartman, who says he’s “somehow been branded the Howard Beale of Twitter,” has mixed feelings. “As a newsgathering tool it’s hugely important,” he said. But, it furthers “mass self-absorption.”

ABC News’ Rick Klein thinks it’s necessary. “I think if people are getting their information in new, different ways, then we should be a part of it,” he said.

NBC’s Jim Long, who’s very active on Twitter, said, “If used properly…it gives you the opportunity to feel and understand the people you’re trying to serve.”

As for the Web-based panelists, Michael Meyers said the Web will have it’s own “niche.” “We’re going to own breaking news,” he said, while traditional media will have “highly synthesized well-thought out content.” The point was argued by members of the panel.

Rachel Sterne talked about the monetary possibility on the Web. “A news audience is probably the best audience you can get online,” she said. “It’s an attractive demographic.”

“The audience has to get bigger, and it has to get different,” said Klein.

At the end of the session, Haddad presented Hartman with a parting gift. Take a look:

Covering the TVNewser Summit

We’ll be covering today’s TVNewser Summit here on the blog as well as on our Twitter feed. We also shot this video ahead of the first panel moderated by former ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FNC, and MSNBC-er Tammy Haddad. And the true producer that she is Haddad gave the run-thru to her fellow panelists.

And my camerawork notwithstanding, we’re videotaping this with broadcast quality cameras as well and will be making the entire summit available on-demand.

Pre-Summit Twitter Chatter From Panelists

twitter_3-9.pngTammy Haddad, who’s moderating a panel tomorrow at the TVNewser Summit about the “new tools of the trade,” started a Twitter conversation about the topic today. “I wonder if the BBC is nervous that Sky News hired a Twitter correspondent?” tweeted @HaddadMedia, before soliciting questions for the panel. “Do u think rome hartman & bbcers can take us on when it comes to Twitter?” asked Rick Klein (@TheNote), referring to fellow panelist Rome Hartman of BBC, who is bearish on the new service.

Also on the panel are Rachel Sterne (@RachelSterne), Michael Meyers (@MichaelEMeyers) and Jim Long (@NewMediaJim).

So with all this Twitter chatter and no way for Hartman to defend himself (since…he’s not on Twitter), we emailed him. “Don’t these people have any WORK to do? Do they spend ALL day in the birdcage?” he responded.

Also, get your Twitter questions in to us (@TVNewser) for our second panel with FBN’s Alexis Glick. A lengthy Q&A, which you can participate in by submitting questions, will take place following her keynote.

Haddad on the “Menu”: “You Have to be Do-It-Yourself”

haddad_3-6.jpgTammy Haddad (founder of Haddad Media) joined us this morning on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu to talk about the future of the industry. Haddad will be moderating a panel on the “New Tools of the Trade” at the TVNewser Summit (March 10, NYC).

“It’s incumbent upon us as broadcasters, Webcasters, to get ahead,” she said. “We want to ride the wave, we don’t want the wave riding us.”

Haddad thinks social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook are key to the more traditional media. “It’s naive for anyone to think that they can look at social networking and say ‘I’m not going to be part of it’ if you want to win,” she said. “And that’s the question: Do you want to be #1?”

We also talked about the future of network news. “I think anyone who thinks network news is going to die off doesn’t get it, because at network news, what they’ve learned in all of these years…is what people want,” said Haddad.

Also discussed: why David Gregory and George Stephanopoulos are tweeting, the enjoyment of the “Robert Gibbs Show” and what happened when she met Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in Davos (the story behind the picture above).

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Tammy Haddad on What’s Next in Media

haddad_3-5.jpgIf you’re in the TV news industry, chances are you know Tammy Haddad. Haddad joins us tomorrow morning on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast.

Haddad’s long career in the broadcast world saw her produce for MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, NBC and CBS. Now, as president and founder of Haddad Media, she’s a force in new media. And she’ll moderate a panel at the TVNewser Summit (March 10 in New York) on “New Tools of the Trade.”

Click here to listen LIVE at 9amET.

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Twitterati at the Summit

On Saturday, Chris wrote about the media’s increased use of Twitter. Today, that sentiment was reinforced when I spoke with Rick Klein, Tammy Haddad, and the rest of the panel who are set to speak on at TVNewser Summit next Tuesday.

The main topic of conversation? Twitter.

Rick said that he is fascinated by the Twitter explosion among TV and political types, and that it has really hit a turning point over the past two weeks. You can bet that everyone at the Summit will be Twittering live, from the audience and the stage. But, more interesting will be the conversation around it – how to take advantage of the social media phenomenon that has become so influential, celebrities are now using it to get around paparazzi. The panel will take on more than Twitter, of course – they’ll also discuss mobile video, live streaming, and announce some cool new tools that will enhance – heck, maybe even improve – the way news is reported.

You can jump in on on the conversation now – use #tvnewser when you post to Twitter.

See You At The Summit

summit_12-10.bmpYou’ve probably noticed the yellow box at the top of the page, announcing the first ever TVNewser Summit. The event takes place on March 10, at the 92YTribeca in New York, and “tackles the challenges of a new economy and new media and how they are reshaping broadcast journalism.”

Alexis Glick, Tammy Haddad and others are already signed on as speakers, with many more big names to be announced in the coming weeks.

We know these are tough times for our industry, but as we say around here, you need to invest in yourself. Check out TVNewser.com/Summit for more information, or click here to see the release.

We’d love to see you there, and if you register before February 17, you save $30 bucks.

Greta Says She, Not Palin, Spelled Name Wrong

palin_11-24.jpgGreta Van Susteren called out The Washington Post’s “The Reliable Source” column today on Gretawire because the column did not “get the facts right” in a seemingly harmless item about Gov. Sarah Palin.

It relates to Tammy Haddad‘s video of birthday wishes for The Huffington Post’s Hilary Rosen, which featured Anderson Cooper, Tucker Carlson and Palin, among others. The item says she taped the greeting after her interview with Van Susteren, and then held up a sign saying ‘Happy Birthday.’ “She’d misspelled Rosen’s name, but was a good sport about giving a shout-out to someone who criticized her a lot during the campaign,” the item reads.

But Van Susteren took the credit for the misspelling today. “It was my mistake,” she writes. “It was not Governor Palin’s mistake! If the Washington Post had called me before it printed the below, I would have been happy to tell the facts.”

> Update: Amy Argetsinger, one of the authors of “The Reliable Source,” emails TVNewser: “And, you know, if Greta had called us first before blogging about us, we would have been happy to apologize and run a clarification. Naturally, we’re still happy to apologize and run a clarification.”

Related: FBDC’s Patrick Gavin has dozens of pictures from the party, and after the jump, the full tribute video from Haddad’s site.

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